Breaking down the New York Jets' roster, unit by unit, in preparation for training camp:
Position: Tight end
Projected starter: Jace Amaro.
Projected reserve: Kellen Davis.
Notable on the bubble: Zach Sudfeld.
Top storyline: Can anybody catch the ball? Better yet: Will anybody get a chance to catch the ball? In 2015, the tight ends combined for eight catches on 23 targets. The Jets essentially turned the tight-end position into a sixth offensive lineman, opening the door for Davis -- a career journeyman -- to become the starter because ... well, he blocked better than the others. Is offensive coordinator Chan Gailey anti-tight end? Not at all. He says his job is to get the ball into the hands of the best players, as opposed to forcing the ball to a certain position. It's a meritocracy, which is the way it should be. Translation: Don't count on a huge spike in the tight-end receptions.
Player to watch: Amaro is one of the most fascinating players in camp. The former second-round pick (previous regime) was off to a slow start last summer when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, so this will be a critical camp for his career. Amaro has enough receiving skill to work his way into a starter-type role. The question is, is he tough enough? That's the knock on him. He has worked hard on his blocking, and he believes he has improved in that area. If he doesn't win the trust of Gailey and Todd Bowles, Amaro could go from potential starter to odd-man out.
Training camp will be a success if ...: Amaro has wrested the starting position from Davis, who missed the offseason workouts due to thumb surgery.
Wild card: Jason Vander Laan is a wild, wild card. The undrafted rookie was converted to tight end after a record-setting career as a quarterback at Ferris State. Vander Laan (6-foot-4, 244 pounds) ran for 5,953 yards, making him the all-time leading rusher for quarterbacks in all divisions. He has a lot to learn about playing tight end, but he's willing to give it a try.
By the numbers: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 17 of his team-record 31 touchdowns when there was at least one tight end in the game, against only four interceptions, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Amaro & Co. might want to pass that along to Gailey.